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Stúpajúca hladina mora vymaže z mapy aj Holandsko, hovorí tamojší fotoreportér
V dôsledku klimatickej zmeny zanikne v budúcnosti viacero tichomorských štátov, ohrození sú však aj Európania, varuje fotograf KADIR VAN LOHUIZEN.

Európsky súd zamietol žiadosť Venezuely o zrušenie sankcií
Všeobecný súd Európskej únie tvrdí, že cieľom sankcií nie je priamo venezuelský štát. Požiadavka vlády z Caracasu bola pre súd právne neprípustná a zamietnutá.

K boju proti klimatickým zmenám má prispieť recyklácia plastov
Dobrovoľná európska iniciatíva má za cieľ zvýšiť množstvo recyklovaného plastu vo výrobe zo štyroch na desať miliónov ton ročne.

Operátori začnú zverejňovať dáta o svojom vplyve na klímu
Telekomunikačných operátori, ktorí pokrývajú dve tretiny svetového trhu, sa zaviazali zverejniť informácie o tom, ako pôsobia na životné prostredie. Mobilný priemysel sa tak po prvýkrát aktivizuje pri tvorbe plánu znižovania spotreby energie a emisií skleníkových plynov.

Európska komisia a Svetová banka pomôže s rozvojom banskobystrického kraja
Po prešovskom experti zo Svetovej banky a eurokomisie podporia rast v aj banskobystrickom kraji. Iniciatíva Catching-up regions župe pomôže s rozvojom dopravy, školstva, sociálnej starostlivosti a inovácií. 

Regióny a mestá v kontexte udržateľnej energetiky a klimatických zmien [Komerčný obsah]
PR SPRÁVA | Spoločné výskumné centrum Európskej komisie vybralo celkovo 27 podujatí v rámci pilotného projektu „Science meets Parliaments, Science meets Regions“, ktorý je podporený Európskym parlamentom.

Rusko a Ukrajina rokovali o preprave plynu v budúcom roku. Zatiaľ sa nedohodli
Ďalšie kolo trilaterálnych rokovaní o tranzite plynu sa bude konať na konci októbra. Európska únia ani Ukrajina sa vďaka naplneným zásobníkom nemusia obávať výpadkov dodávok.

Východné krídlo NATO: Základne a vojenské jednotky majú odstrašiť protivníka
Severoatlantická aliancia sa po udalostiach na Ukrajine zaviazala posilňovať vlastnú východnú hranicu. Kým počet vojenských jednotiek už presiahol 7 000, nové základne, či výcvikové centrá zatiaľ nepribudli. 

Komisia odobrila vládne zľavy pre slovenské firmy s veľkou spotrebou elektriny
Inštitúcia zodpovedná za dodržiavanie pravidiel hospodárskej súťaže v Európe schválila štátnu pomoc pre energeticky náročné firmy, ktoré sa zo Slovenska podieľajú na medzinárodnom obchode.

Europoslanci diskutovali o lesoch, Wiezik narazil na rozdielne názory vo vlastnej frakcii
Návrh rezolúcie o európskych lesoch, ktorú pripravili členovia frakcie Európskej ľudovej strany, bol podľa europoslanca Michala Wiezika klasickým prolesníckym stanoviskom bez širšieho kontextu. Predkladatelia jeho pozmeňovacie návrhy nezohľadnili, no uznesenie napokon stiahli. 

Európske noviny

Lucia Nicholsonová: Semenište dezinformácií a hoaxov je Putinova administratíva

Falošné správy a zasahovanie do demokratických volebných procesov v Európe boli témou októbrovej plenárnej rozpravy. Šírenie dezinformácií a zasahovanie do vnútroštátnych a úniových volebných procesov zo zahraničia ohrozujú podľa poslancov stabilitu politických systémov v členských štátoch EÚ, ako aj súdržnosť samotnej Únie. K téme sa vo videoblogu vyjadrila aj slovenská europoslankyňa Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová: EÚ …

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EÚ navýši rozpočet pre programy Erasmus+ a Horizont 2020

Poslanci Európskeho parlamentu schválili zvýšenie prostriedkov pre výskum a mobilitu mládeže o 100 miliónov eur. Program Horizont 2020 by si mal polepšiť o 80 miliónov eur a Erasmus+ o 20 miliónov eur. Navýšenie prostriedkov pre programy Horizont 2020 a Erasmus+ spolu o 100 miliónov eur, na ktorom sa v decembri 2018 dohodli vyjednávači Európskeho parlamentu a Rady …

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Brusel schválil kompenzáciu pre energeticky náročné spoločnosti na Slovensku

Európska komisia schválila plány slovenskej vlády čiastočne kompenzovať energeticky náročné spoločnosti pre zavedenie vnútroštátneho príplatku na financovanie podpory elektriny z obnoviteľných zdrojov energie v súlade s pravidlami EÚ o štátnej pomoci. Podpora výroby energie z obnoviteľných zdrojov je na Slovensku v súčasnosti financovaná z príspevkov na základe spotreby elektrickej energie. Schéma štátnej pomoci, ktorá sa bude uplatňovať do 31. …

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Slovensko je druhá najpriemyselnejšia krajina v Únii

SLOVENSKO PATRÍ MEDZI NAJPRIEMYSELNEJŠIE KRAJINY ÚNIE Každá krajina je zameraná na tú oblasť, v ktorej má konkurenčnú výhodu. Niektoré krajiny sa viac orientujú na priemysel, iné zasa na služby či poľnohospodárstvo. V aktuálnej analytickej téme sme sa zaoberali otázkou, ako je na tom Slovensko. Drvivá väčšina našich zamestnancov pracuje v službách a služby vytvárajú aj väčšinu hrubej pridanej hodnoty …

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Michal Wiezik: To, čo sa pred desiatimi rokmi dialo na Slovensku, zažívajú teraz Nemci

ŠTRASBURG / Európska únia sa nestará do lesníckej politiky jednotlivých štátov. Takýto úzus platil až donedávna, lenže tomu je koniec. Prístup k lesom, k jeho ochrane a ťažbe je totiž natoľko rozdielny, že Európsky parlament začal hľadať spoločné pravidlá. Iba nedávno pritom Brusel začal konanie voči Slovensku pre ťažbu, ktorá ohrozuje vzácne živočíchy. V Európskom parlamente …

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Európsky parlament určil poradie vypočúvaní navrhovaných eurokomisárov

Od 30. septembra do 8. októbra budú europoslanci vypočúvať navrhovaných komisárov, aby zhodnotili, či sa na tieto pozície hodia. Prinášame vám presný rozvrh týchto híringov. Vo štvrtok 19. septembra rozhodla Konferencia predsedov (Predseda Sassoli a predsedovia politických skupín) o harmonograme vypočutí navrhovaných komisárov vo výboroch Európskeho parlamentu. Maroš Šefčovič, ktorý by mal mať na starosti …

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Slnko, romantika, more a k tomu 700 eur mesačne. Taliansky región hľadá nových obyvateľov

RÍM / Región Molise v južnom Taliansku sa rozhodol bojovať s vyľudňovaním malých obcí a ponúka všetkým záujemcom, ktorí v nich rozbehnú podnikanie, mesačnú podporu 700 eur až na tri roky. Napísala o tom agentúra APA. Vyplácanie príspevku má len dve podmienky: podnikatelia musia mať sídlo v obci, ktorá má menej ako 2 000 obyvateľov a …

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Európski colníci zadržali minulý rok falšovaný tovar za milióny eur

Podľa aktuálnych údajov, ktoré zverejnila Európska komisia, sa v roku 2018 zvýšil počet prípadov, keď bol pri dovoze do EÚ zachytený falšovaný tovar. Príčinou je veľký počet malých balíkov zasielaných expresnou doručovacou službou či poštou. Počet zaistených zásielok narástol z 57 433 v roku 2017 na 69 354 v roku 2018, hoci celkové množstvo zaisteného …

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Vladimír Bilčík: Boj s dezinformáciami na sociálnych sieťach? Slovensku pomôže silný hlas EÚ

Tento rok som strávil niekoľko mesiacov predvolebnou kampaňou do Európskeho parlamentu. Kampaň bola plná stretnutí s mladými ľuďmi, často študentmi. V našich spoločných rozhovoroch rezonovalo veľa tém týkajúcich sa Európskej únie, ale veľmi často som mal pocit, že jedna téma akosi vyčnieva a aktívnych mladých ľudí mimoriadne trápi. Sú to dezinformácie, šírenie fake news a propagandy. Takmer …

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SaS: Macron nerešpektuje názor V4, Pellegrini by mu ho mal pripomenúť

Strana Sloboda a Solidarita (SaS) zásadne nesúhlasí s automatickým prerozdeľovaním migrantov zachránených na mori, ako to vyhlásil francúzsky prezident Emmanuel Macron. „Je nemysliteľné, aby nám Emmanuel Macron odkazoval, že čoskoro dosiahnu štáty Európskej únie dohodu na automatickom prerozdeľovaní migrantov. Ukazuje sa však, že Macron absolútne nerešpektuje názor krajín V4 a vláda Petra Pellegriniho by mu …

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Autobusoví dopravcovia v Európskom týždni mobility podporujú verejnú dopravu

BRATISLAVA  – Slovenskí autobusoví dopravcovia sa v prebiehajúcom Európskom týždni mobility (ETM) snažia motivovať k väčšiemu využívaniu ekologickejšej verejnej dopravy. Zároveň upozorňujú na alarmujúci vplyv individuálnej automobilovej dopravy na životné prostredie. Náklady domácich motoristov na prevádzku osobného auta v priemere dosahujú vyše štyristo eur mesačne. Zväz autobusovej dopravy (ZAD) o tom informoval v tlačovej správe. …

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Do Bruselu dorazili dokumenty od Británie. Ich obsah ale prezradiť nechcú

LONDÝN / Hovorkyňa Európskej komisie Mina Andreeva vo štvrtok novinárom povedala, že Brusel od Londýna dostal nové dokumenty, ktoré sa týkajú brexitu. Podrobnosti uviesť nechcela, pretože ich podľa jej slov musí Európska komisia najprv preskúmať. Konkrétnejší bol ale hovorca britskej vlády, ktorý povedal, že ide o technické podklady, ktoré opisujú návrhy zmien v brexitovej dohode. …

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Hrozí, že súčasné iniciatívy EÚ v oblasti obrany zostanú prázdnym dokumentom a skončia bez výsledku, varujú audítori

Podľa nového preskúmania Európskeho dvora audítorov súčasné vojenské spôsobilosti a spolupráca členských štátov nezodpovedajú novej úrovni ambícií obrannej politiky EÚ. Audítori varujú, že synergie medzi iniciatívami EÚ a ostatnými obrannými a bezpečnostnými rámcami sú zásadne dôležité. Konkrétne, rozhodujúcou otázkou je, či EÚ bude schopná dopĺňať NATO a predchádzať duplicite a vzájomnému prekrývaniu. Nedávne iniciatívy na …

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Európsky zbor solidarity sa bude po troch rokoch rozširovať

Uplynuli tri roky, odkedy predseda Juncker v správe o stave Únie v roku 2016 ohlásil založenie Európskeho zboru solidarity, ktorý mladým ľuďom umožní zapojiť sa do širokého spektra solidárnych činností v celej EÚ. Odvtedy sa k zboru pripojilo viac ako 161 000 mladých ľudí vo veku od 18 do 30 rokov. Táto iniciatíva zmenila životy mnohých ľudí. Väčšina financovaných …

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Robert Hajšel: Nemôžeme nútiť Spojené kráľovstvo stiahnuť žiadosť o vystúpenie z EÚ

Podarí sa ešte pred odchodom Spojeného kráľovstva z EÚ dosiahnuť dohodu o budúcich vzťahoch? Poslanci v pléne rokovali o hlavných výzvach a možných dopadoch brexitu bez dohody. Spojené kráľovstvo by malo opustiť EÚ na konci októbra. Ak bude chcieť ďalší odklad, bude oň musieť požiadať britská vlády a odobriť ho ostatných 27 krajín. Brexitoví vyjednávači …

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Ivan Štefanec: Vznik hranice v Severnom Írsku je priveľkým rizikom

Európskym parlament dnes schválil rezolúciu o odchode Veľkej Británie z Európskej únie, kde schválil pozíciu predchádzajúceho parlamentu, že nebude súhlasiť s takou dohodou, ktorej následkom by bolo vytvorenie pevnej hranice medzi Veľkou Britániou a Írskou republikou. Podľa europoslanca a vedúceho slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane Ivana Štefanca (KDH) by išlo o priveľké riziko pre …

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Európska komisia odobrila návrh Bratislavského kraja, ako zvýšiť kapacitu základných škôl

BRATISLAVA – Európska komisia po roku rokovaní odobrila návrh Bratislavského samosprávneho kraja (BSK), ktorý sa týkal akútnej potreby navýšenia kapacít základných škôl v obciach Bratislavského kraja. Na vybudovanie nových základných škôl v Bratislavskom kraji majú vyčleniť jednu tretinu z Integrovaného regionálneho operačného programu (IROP), a to z oblastí, odkiaľ ich nečerpali. Uviedla to hovorkyňa BSK …

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Európsky parlament naďalej podporuje riadený brexit

Vyjednaná Dohoda o vystúpení Spojeného kráľovstva z EÚ je spravodlivá, vyvážená a prináša právnu istotu, vyhlásili v stredu poslanci. Parlament sa opätovne zasadili za riadený brexit. Európsky parlament naďalej podporuje riadený brexit založený na vyjednanej Dohode o vystúpení Spojeného kráľovstva z EÚ. Vyplýva to z nelegislatívneho uznesenia, ktoré v stredu pomerom hlasov 544 (za): 126 …

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Juncker varuje, že brexit bez dohody je stále reálny, Johnson hovorí o diplomatických posunoch

BRUSEL/LONDÝN / Šéf Európskej komisie Jean-Claude Juncker v Európskom parlamente varoval, že riziko vystúpenia Veľkej Británie z Európskej únie bez dohody je naďalej reálne. Dodal, že v riešení sporného bodu v podobe takzvanej írskej poistky nenastal žiaden posun. Na hrozbu brexitu bez dohody upozornili aj brexitový vyjednávač Michel Barnier a fínska ministerka pre európske záležitosti Tytti …

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Pekárov na Slovensku ničia nekalé obchodné praktiky

Pekárstvo je poznačené neférovými praktikami obchodníkov, ktorými trpia nielen pekári, ale aj kvalita pečiva. Najväčšej slovenskej pekárni pod jednou strechou Vamex v Košiciach sa napriek veľkému tlaku reťazcov podarilo zachovať tradičné receptúry výrobkov. Zákon o neprimeraných podmienkach v obchode z dielne agrorezortu, ktorý v súčasnosti čelí sťažnostiam obchodníkov, považuje Vamex za zásadný krok k zlepšeniu vyjednávacieho postavenia pekárov na …

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June 2019 - Annual inflation up to 1.3% in the euro area - Stable at 1.6% in the EU

Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President
With 383 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July. She is set to take office on 1 November 2019 for a five-year term.

Ursula von der Leyen presents her vision to MEPs
In a debate with MEPs, Ursula von der Leyen outlined her vision as Commission President. MEPs will vote on her nomination, held by secret paper ballot, at 18.00.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package and the work of the high-level group on sugar. It was also informed about the work programme of the Finland's presidency, EU-Mercosur, African swine fever and animal welfare during transport.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign ministers discussed Iran, Iraq, the Central African Republic, and the external aspects of migration. They had an informal exchange of views with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Popescu. The Council adopted conclusions on Turkish drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

EU consumer rules: Airbnb cooperates with European Commission and EU consumer authorities improving the way it presents offers
The European Commission announced that, as a result of negotiations with Airbnb, the platform has improved and fully clarified the way it presents accommodation offers to consumers, which is now in line with the standards set in EU consumer law.

Summer 2019 Economic Forecast: Growth clouded by external factors
The European economy is set for its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2019, with all Member States' economies due to expand. Growth in the euro area was stronger than expected in the first quarter of the year due to a number of temporary factors such as mild winter conditions and a rebound in car sales.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers discussed the EU's own resources in view of the new MFF package. The Council adopted a decision recommending Christine Lagarde as the candidate for the ECB presidency as well as the 2019 country specific recommendations.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council held policy debates on the ‘economy of wellbeing’ and on the social aspects of the ‘Clean planet for all’ strategy. Ministers also approved the country specific recommendation falling under the responsibility of EPSCO.

Main results of the EU-Ukraine summit
At the 21st EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv, leaders reaffirmed the strength of the political and economic ties between the EU and Ukraine. They discussed the implementation of the association agreement and the way ahead for EU-Ukraine relations.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Plenary highlights: leadership election, formation of committees
The newly-elected MEPs met for their first plenary session on 2-4 July, during which they elected a new president and voted on the size of the parliamentary committees. Parliament chose Italian Social Democrat David Sassoli as its president on Wednesday for a term of two-and-a-half years.

Member States' compliance with EU law in 2018: efforts are paying off, but improvements still needed
Today's Annual report on Monitoring the Application of EU law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2018. The online Single Market Scoreboard, also published today, evaluates the performance of EU/EEA countries in the EU single market and identifies the shortcomings where the countries and the Commission should step up their efforts.

European citizens' initiative: Commission registers 3 new initiatives and determines 1 as inadmissible
The European Commission decided to register 3 new European citizens' initiatives: 'A price for carbon to fight climate change', 'Grow scientific progress: crops matter!', and 'Let's put an end to the era of plastic in Europe'.

David Sassoli elected President of the European Parliament
MEPs elected David Sassoli as President of the European Parliament having won 345 out of 667 valid votes in the second round. David Sassoli was born in Florence on 30 May 1956. As an Italian MEP since 2009, he was re-elected on a Partito Democratico list in Central Italy in May 2019 for a third term. He will lead Parliament until January 2022.

Commission concludes that an Excessive Deficit Procedure is no longer warranted for Italy at this stage

New EU leaders appointed
The European Council elected Charles Michel as the new President of the European Council and proposed Ursula von der Leyen as candidate for the President of the European Commission. They have also nominated Josep Borrell Fontelles as candidate for the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Christine Lagarde as candidate for the President of the European Central Bank.

Parliament starts new term with seven political groups
As the new European Parliament meets for the first time 2 July, MEPs have formed seven political groups. Ever since the results of the European elections have been in, newly-elected MEPs have been organising themselves into political groups, which bring together representatives from different EU countries based on their political affinities.

Main results of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan
G20 leaders met in Osaka on 28-29 June to address major global economic challenges. They focused on global trade, digital transformation, climate and energy, and inequalities.

Digital Single Market: Survey shows Europeans are well aware of rules against unjustified geo-blocking
A Eurobarometer survey published today shows that just a few months after the new rules on geo-blocking started to apply, 50% of EU citizens are generally aware of EU action to tackle unjustified discrimination by traders. However, more efforts are needed to ensure wider knowledge of the specific digital rights enshrined in EU law, since only 29% of respondents know which rights specifically concern them.

Humanitarian aid: over €110 million in the Horn of Africa

EU adopts new €100 million assistance package to benefit refugees and local communities in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq

Main results of the Environment Council
The Council agreed a general approach on water reuse for agricultural irrigation, adopted conclusions on a sustainable chemicals policy strategy, and took note of the state of play on the EU's long-term climate strategy discussions.

First 17 “European Universities” selected: a major step towards building a European Education Area
The European Commission has announced the higher education institutions from all over Europe that will be part of the first “European Universities” alliances.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The Council adopted conclusions on the future of energy systems in the Energy Union and held an exchange of views on external energy relations.

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Cohesion)

EU-Vietnam: Council adopts decisions to sign trade and investment agreements
On 25 June, the Council adopted decisions on the signature of two agreements between the EU and Vietnam: a free trade agreement (FTA) and an investment protection agreement (IPA).

Dual Food Quality: Commission releases study assessing differences in the composition of EU food products
The Commission publishes the results of a pan-European testing campaign of food products showing that some products are identically or similarly branded while having a different composition.

Main results of the Euro Summit
The Euro Summit in an extended format of EU27 leaders looked at the economic situation together with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi. Leaders also discussed work done by the Eurogroup regarding deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

Juncker Plan reaches almost €410 billion in triggered investment across the EU
As of June 2019, the deals approved under the Juncker Plan amount to €75 billion in financing and are located in all 28 Member States. Some 952,000 start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are expected to benefit from improved access to finance.

Main results of the European Council
The European Council adopted conclusions on the next institutional cycle, the MFF, climate change, disinformation and hybrid threats, external relations, the European Semester and enlargement.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council reached a partial general approach on the 2021-2027 EMFF, had a discussion on a progress report on the post 2020 CAP reform and on the Commission communication on the 2020 fishing opportunities.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Energy Union: Commission calls on Member States to step up ambition in plans to implement Paris agreement
The Commission has published its assessment of Member States' draft plans to implement the EU's Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets.

May 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.2% in the euro area - Down to 1.6% in the EU

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign and defence ministers discussed the EU Global Strategy, three years after its launch. Foreign ministers also discussed current affairs on the international agenda, including the latest developments in Venezuela and in the Republic of Moldova.

Barriers to trade: as protectionism rises, EU continues opening up export markets for European firms
The European Commission's report confirms the continuous rise in barriers encountered by European companies in foreign markets. Thanks to the EU's firm response, 123 such barriers have been eliminated since the beginning of the current Commission mandate, allowing for more than €6 billion extra exports in 2018.

2019 Innovation Scoreboards: The innovation performance of the EU and its regions is increasing

European Commission increases support for the EU's beekeeping sector

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed the "Clean Planet for all" communication by the European Commission, the 2019 country specific recommendations. Ministers closed the excessive deficit procedure for Spain. They also took stock of the state of play on the financial transaction tax and the banking union.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on antimicrobial resistance and discussed the effective use of EU funds for health-related investments. Regulations on medical devices and health technology assessment were also on the agenda.

A Europe that protects: EU reports on progress in fighting disinformation ahead of European Council
The Commission and the High Representative report on the progress achieved in the fight against disinformation and the main lessons drawn from the European elections, as a contribution to the discussions by EU leaders next week.

Clean Mobility: Commission tables proposal on car emissions testing in real driving conditions

The European Union and the United States reach an agreement on imports of hormone-free beef

EU budget 2021-2027: Commission calls on leaders to set out a roadmap towards an autumn agreement
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 20 and 21 June, the European Commission is calling on leaders to make a push in advancing the negotiations on the EU's next long-term budget 2021-2027 so that an agreement can be reached by autumn.

Deepening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union: Commission takes stock of progress
Ahead of the Euro Summit on 21 June 2019, the European Commission takes stock of the progress made to deepen Europe's Economic and Monetary Union since the Five Presidents' Report and calls on Member States to take further concrete steps.

‘No-deal' Brexit: European Commission takes stock of preparations ahead of the June European Council (Article 50)

Mergers: Commission prohibits proposed merger between Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp

Commission's report shows that targeted investment and robust digital policies boost Member States' performance
The European Commission is releasing the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe's overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council gave mandate to the Commission to negotiate an agreement facilitating access to e-evidence with the US. It also adopted conclusions on the issue of data retention. Ministers debated the issue of the digitalisation of cross-border judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Telecommunications)

Digital Single Market: Europe announces eight sites to host world-class supercomputers
Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers. They will support Europe's researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council agreed on its position on a proposal on the use of electronic freight transport information. It assessed progress on proposals relating to permit-granting measures for the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), the hired vehicles market, EU road charging rules (Eurovignette), and rail passengers' rights.

Over 85% of European bathing sites rated as excellent for water quality
Just over 85% of bathing water sites across Europe monitored last year met the European Union's highest ‘excellent' and most stringent quality standards for water cleanliness, according to the latest annual European bathing water quality report.

June infringements package: key decisions

EU budget 2020: Commission focuses its proposal on jobs, growth and security
As per the Commission proposal, the money under the 2020 budget will go to the following priority areas: competitive economy and young people; and strengthening security and solidarity in the EU, climate change and beyond.

European Semester 2019 Spring Package
The European Commission presents the 2019 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), giving economic policy guidance to all EU Member States for the next 12 to 18 months.

Commission pledges €100 million to help Mozambique recover from cyclones Idai and Kenneth

Reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey: annual assessments and recommendations
Confirming that a credible enlargement policy is a geostrategic investment in peace, stability, security and economic growth in the whole of Europe, the Commission today adopted its annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the Western Balkan partners and Turkey, together with recommendations on the next steps for those countries.

The European Commission, European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures establish a new €100 million fund to support clean energy investments

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council discussed ways of strengthening EU's role as a global actor and promoting international cooperation in the field of space and held a public policy debate on the most important elements to take into account when designing the EU's comprehensive, long-term industrial policy strategy and an ambitious approach to a competitive single market.

Election 2019: First seat projection for new Parliament based on partial results
First EP seat projection based on official and provisional results in 21 countries and estimates in seven more. Preliminary turnout figures estimate turnout across the EU at 50.5 % (including UK) representing a significant increase in participation in the 2019 European elections and the highest turnout for at least the past twenty years.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council discussed the state of plan of the reform of and negotiations in the WTO. It was also informed about the latest developments in trade relations between the EU and the US, and of the adoption and signature of a free trade agreement and investment protection agreement between the EU and Vietnam, planned for June 2019.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council
The Council adopted conclusions on young people and the future of work. Ministers also adopted a resolution establishing guidelines on the governance of the EU Youth Dialogue.

Fairness in the food supply chain: Commission proposes to increase price transparency
Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer cooperation, the Commission is presenting the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain.